MTV/ Associated Press study revealed that many teens have been the targets of mean behavior or fake gossip on social-networking sites or text messages. 76% of 14-24 year olds say digital abuse is a serious problem for people their age, with 56 percent reporting that they have experienced abuse through social and digital media. That figure is up from the 50 percent..
..who reported suffering digital abuse in a 2009 MTV/AP survey. One in four said they’d experienced digital abuse in the past six months, which typically included people writing things online that aren’t true (26%), people writing things online that are mean (24 percent) and forwarding an IM or message that was intended to stay private (20 percent).
One-third have sent or received ‘sext’ messages on their phones or online, with 71 percent describing sexting as a serious problem. Only 15% of the 14-24 year olds polled said they shared naked photos or videos of themselves, with 10 percent saying they did it with someone they only know online..
Among the respondents who said they’d sent a nude photo, nearly half said they felt pressure to do so. Of those in relationships, 41% said they’d experienced some form of digital dating abuse, with nearly three in 10 saying their partner has checked up on them multiple times a day online or via mobile; & 27% say a partner has read their text messages without permission.